Hello from rainy Los Angeles! Once again, we’ve had another damp and gray week in LA. I love this weather so much I often wonder if I am living in the wrong city! There were opportunities for me to travel this week, but I stayed home instead, trying to keep my New Year’s resolution. I will be home next week too.
The Tanzania trip report ramped up this week and I trust you have enjoyed it thus far. Tomorrow will feature two posts on my experience in Zanzibar outside the friendly confines of the Park Hyatt. The trip report should be wrapped up by the end of next week and I will then pivot back to the Africa trip report I started before this one.
A terrible shooting in Ft. Lauderdale that killed five people dampened what was otherwise a quiet week in the news. The more details that emerge about the killer, the more I question whether we can collectively solve the problem of violence in America.
Here’s a look at the week’s top stories:
Air China flights awards are mysteriously being cancelled. At least for the time being, it is best to avoid booking Air China when possible. If there are no other options, monitor your reservation like a hawk.
With my credit cards up for renewal, I analyze whether it is worth it to keep my American Express Business Gold card in light of changes to the Platinum cards and the new Chase Sapphire Reserve.
What was United thinking? The story of a 13-year-old kicked off a United flight. Not only was he traveling as an unaccompanied minor, it was the last flight of the night! United has since apologized, but the damage has been done.
The Park Hyatt Zanzibar is technically a luxurious beachfront hotel but if you’re expecting white sand, you’re in for a surprise. Still, this is a wonderful property that I look forward to returning to.
REPORTS & REVIEWS
Review: Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge Istanbul
Istanbul to Dar Es Salaam on Turkish Airlines 737-900 Business Class
An Honest Cab Driver in Dar Es Salaam
Review: Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam
Kosher Fish Lunch on EL AL: ZRH-TLV on LY348
Ferry from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar
She Tried to Deny Me Entry Into Zanzibar!
Review: Park Hyatt Zanzibar
NEWS & COMMENTARY
United Flight Diverts After Misogynistic Passenger Rant (Videos)
Over 40K American EQMs but No Status
How to Obtain a Visa on Arrival in Tanzania
United Refreshes Economy BOB Menu
The Travel Infrastructure Problem in the USA
Last United 747-400 Departs from Chicago
Caution: Avoid This Star Alliance Carrier When Using Miles
Heartbreaking: Sisters Thrown Off Flight, Miss Father’s Death
United Boots Unaccompanied Minor Off Last Flight of Night
Cool Video of Woman Prancing Through Paris
Shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Five Dead
My American Express Strategy for 2017